While Windows Phone has launched on a number of new handsets from Nokia, HTC and Samsung, we haven’t heard much news about Windows Phone 7.8, the OS that will be one of the final upgrades for the previous generation of Windows Phones. It was announced at the same time as Windows Phone 8, but has seen much less attention devoted to it and we still don’t know when it will be released.
It does look like that day is drawing closer, however. Leaks are starting to become more frequent, as we’ve seen beta builds of the OS, brief glimpses of the update running on the extremely low-end Nokia Lumia 510 and promotional materials of the same.
While the Lumia 510 brochure is in Finnish, it’s perhaps the most interesting source. It confirms that the Nokia Lumia 510 will include a new start screen, with small 1×1 icons (as we’ve heard before) and more available colour themes. More vitally, it also confirms that the 7.8 update will not be the last for the system. While the bulk of the Windows Phone 8 OS is new hardware support that simply doesn’t make sense to bring to older phones, it’s good to hear that at least the software side of the equation will continue to advance.
Chinese Windows Phone site Winp.ch managed to get a Lumia 510 of their very own to explore, and they report that the phone includes a new boot screen in the Windows Phone 8 style, live lock screen wallpaper and re-designed system apps (including Office, Xbox Games, Store).
The build number of Windows Phone 7.8 is 7.10.8858.136 – so now you know. The update has already been released to manufacturers, and hopefully will be made available in the next couple of weeks or months. So don’t throw away those Nokia Lumia 800 accessories away just yet.